- File Size: 1162 KB
- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary (June 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072JV5KBL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Going Home (Dale Series) Kindle Edition
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Nadya was cast as an outsider. Both she and her gypsy mother. There weren't many people in Dale, the little town they lived in when Nadya was growing up. Times haven't changed, but circumstances have, and those are what bring Nadya back to her past. I easily connected with Nadya. I know first hand what it's like to be looked down on, and so her feelings, her actions, I understood completely. She's a strong woman and when she left Dale she made a great life for herself. She struggles with some of the folks in Dale when she comes back, but I have to say she handles things with grace and poise. She learns to forgive and forget, even when those same haters don't want to. With the help of her best friend Mary Ellen, and sexy cop J.T. She might just find herself a few surprises...such as love.
Now J.T...I love him! He's a sweetheart. He was the preacher's son back then, ready to leave Dale and never look back. Well, guess who's now a police officer in Dale. Yup, J.T. He's one of the few that's very happy to see Nadya back. He's always cared about her, and they shared something the summer before she was run off, and he's never been able to get her out of his mind. J.T. is a fierce protector. Let's just say if someone were messing with me I'd want him in my corner. I love his tenderness with Nayda.
This is a well written story that grabbed my attention right away. I love the chemistry between J.T. And Nadya, and throughout the story, they were certainly a couple to root for. I'd hoped that they could find themselves a happily ever after without all the drama from the towns people. The pacing of the story is great, snappy, fun dialog and well rounded characters.
This was my first read by this author and it won't be my last. I adored this book, and I highly recommend it!
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
J.T. McBride, son of the town's preacher, was Nadya's first love but circumstances led them down different paths. Now also back in Dale after a stint in Iraq, J.T. is on the Dale police force and when he sees Nadya, he's determined to not only pick up where they left off, but try and convince her that Dale and he are her future.
As J.T. and Nadya work on reconnecting, someone works on running Nadya out of Dale. Can J.T. keep both Nadya's heart and life safe? Or will the prejudices of a small town once again tear them apart?
Son Of A Preacher Man by Arianna Hart is a lightweight romantic contemporary that addresses small town prejudice and second chance love in the steamy heat of Georgia in the summer. Classic trope of perceived bad girl falling for good boy. A sweet albeit predictable story that suffers a little from its blatant formulaic layout. From beginning to end you know exactly how it's going to end. Our protagonists, J.T. and Nadya, met and fell in love as teenagers but life sends them down different paths. Now, years later, they are given a second chance when Nadya comes home for what she thinks is a reading from her mother's will. Nadya learns it's actually from her father whom she never knew. Revelations from the will gives Nadya even more reason to stay in Dale when she learns she holds the key to the town's salvation or final demise.
While coming to terms with the past theme that is easy to follow, the villain is easy to figure out though the motives aren't revealed until the end. The romance and mystery intertwine and feed off each other as our hero and heroine try to figure out their hearts along with who's trying to get rid of Nadya. I did feel some plot lines weren't developed to there full potential.
J.T. and Nadya pick up where they left off, with nary a blink at the 12 years that have passed since they separated. Their romance is convincing though it seems we are fast tracked through it. Nice steamy sex scenes give us a voyeuristic view into the bedroom. And shower. And Kitchen. You get the idea. I would have thought that a 12 year separation would have required a bit more of a "get to know you" period though. No games are played as both are quite happy to be back in each others arms. Conflicts between them are minor and easily resolved.
Interesting secondary characters though presented in a stereotypical small town manner. I would have liked more interaction between Nadya and her former tormentors. What little we saw has a juvenile mean girls feel to it. Nadya's former best friend is a gregarious individual who brings life and humor to the storyline. I enjoyed the heavy inclusion of the children into the storyline as it helps facilitate Nadya's need to examine her feelings for J.T. and her future.
The ending is climatic and addresses most of the issues in the story. All in all a decent romantic contemporary for a lazy day.
Overall Rating: C
If you like steamy books with hot bad-boys turned into hotter, harder, men than you'll love SON OF A PREACHER MAN. Sparks fly when the all grown up Nadya reunites with her high school crush and it doesn't take them long to make up for lost time. Great supporting characters add depth to this classic love story making it a great summer read.
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